Beer garden robbers jailed for six years

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A Sheffield man has been jailed for his part in a robbery in a Dronfield beer garden.

Twenty-year-old Deacon Gavins, of Butterthwaite Road, Shiregreen, was one of two men who struck in the beer garden at the Bridge Inn, Sheffield Road, Dronfield, in the early hours of Monday,May 27.

He and his accomplice – 21-year-old Benjamin Johnson, of Roston Close, Dronfield – targeted a man, from Dronfield, and stole his wallet and mobile phone before ripping his watch off his wrist.

The pair, who admitted robbery, were jailed when they appeared for sentencing at Derby Crown Court this week.

Johnson was jailed for a total of four years, while Gavins was ordered to serve 32 months in a young offenders’ institute.

They were each ordered to pay their victim the sum of £120.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Dawson, head of CID in Chesterfield and the Amber Valley, said: “The pair ganged up on another pub customer and together, they robbed him.

“It must have been a very frightening experience for the victim, who was lying on the floor when they took his property.

“I’m pleased with these sentences, which reflect the serious nature of the crime.

“I hope the jailing of Johnson and Gavins sends out a strong message that we will not tolerate violence in our pubs.”